Playing as Russia and I believe I've done it poorly but don't know how I could do better. Its 1898 my literacy rate is at 42% and my research rate is at 39%. Average conscious is 1.89. My NF were mainly dedicated to clergy. I read somewhere on the forum that Russia should try and get all regions to 2% clergy so that is what I've been doing. Only time I didn't was to colonize and to get some capitalist. I built most of the railroads myself since I had so few capitalists. Just recently in my game do the capitalists actually help me out and build railroads and factories.
For techs the techs that got the prioritizes were the ones that increase research and education modifier.
So how could I have done better? I'm not that happy with the tech rate at only 39%
On a side note I have a question about battles. If I have a fort in a prov and a single brigade there to protect it and it gets attacked. Will the armies I send to reinforce it receive the defense bonus as well?